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Justin Zwiefel

Age: 22

Family: Gerald and Laura Zwiefel (parents) Ashley Zwiefel (sister)

Hometown: Burt, Iowa

School: South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

Rodeo events: Tie-Down Roping, Steer Wrestling, and Team Roping

What is your future in the sport of rodeo? Where would you like to see it go? I plan to continue to rodeo in the PRCA. I would like to continue to improve and make Circuit Finals.

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What is your ultimate goal as you continue competing in rodeos? I would like to make Circuit Finals and of course the NFR someday.

Favorite aspect of rodeo: I enjoy hanging out with all the friends I have made throughout the years I have competed. I also enjoy the challenge of competition.

Best rodeo memory:Winning the short go in tie-down roping at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in 2011 and ending up as the Reserve National Champion.

Notable achievements in the sport:2012 CNFR 3rd Place in Steer Wrestling and qualified in Tie-Down Roping and Team Roping (Great Plains Region All-Around Champion, Tie-Down Roping Champion)

2011 CNFR Qualifier in Tie-Down Roping and Steer Wrestling (Great Plains Region All-Around Champion, Steer Wrestling and Tie-Down Roping Champion)

URA Reserve Tie-Down Roping Champion 2007

Iowa High School Rodeo All-Around Champion 2008 and 2009; Tie-Down Roping Champion 2007, 2008, and 2009; Steer Wrestling Champion 2007 and 2009

Tell us about your horses:

My Tie-Down Roping horse is Amarillo. He and I have been together since 2007. He is light gray in color and loves to roll in the mud and grass every chance he gets.

My Steer Wrestling horse is a palomino named Gold Digger. He is owned by Jeff Peterson from Canton, SD, and he and I have been together since 2010. He is 15 years old and loves to buck after I jump the steer.

My Team Roping horse is named Gambler. He is owned by Jim Badje from Buffalo Center, IA. Gambler is like riding a Cadillac – smooth and automatic. He and I have been together since 2006.

Have you attended any rodeo schools? If so, which ones?I attended Paul Tierney's Tie-Down Roping School three times during middle school/high school. I attended Kyle Whitacre's Steer Wrestling School twice in middle school/high school. Throughout my years of college, my rodeo coach Ron Skovly has continued to provide advice and leadership inspiring team work and helping me to improve.

Role models/mentors:I have been very fortunate to have several mentors and role models. My dad Gerald used to rodeo in the event of tie-down roping and both inspired my interest and helped me develop my skills over the years as well as being my hazer for steer wrestling. My grandfather Cletus and my mom Laura have spent many hours helping run the chute and cheering me on at rodeos. Family friends Richard Bergsather and Dr. Jack Peterson have helped me practice and develop my skills since I was 11 years old. Dr. Peterson also lets me use his indoor arena to practice in and provides all of the veterinarian care to my horses.

What do you like to do when you're not competing?I enjoy snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, and hanging out with friends.

What's playing on your iPod/radio? I enjoy country and classic rock music. Eric Church and George Strait are two of my favorite singers.